The church’s foundation submitted a request to the government to appoint a permanent clergyman to the church.
Abbas and Maryam were fined $2000 USD each and also face two-year international travel bans.
According to the report, “Afghans who do not adhere to the Taliban's interpretation of Islam are at risk of grave danger."
The Nevsky church property was initially purchased by Tsar Alexander II in 1859 and remained under Russian control until 1917.
Regionally, Iranian-backed factions in Iraq and Syria disrupt attempts for peace and restoration
The patriarchal see of the Assyrian Church of the East has been closed for nearly a decade
Iraqi Christians have been facing such severe persecution for decades.
In 1948, there were 30,000 Christians in Jerusalem alone. Currently, only 15,000 of them live there.
Many of Raqqa’s Christians fled the country, seeking refuge in Lebanon, Turkey and beyond, and never returned.